With the lockdown exit roadmap introduced and total freedom set for the 21st June, I think almost everyone will be looking to get away from the same 4 walls we’ve been staring at for over a year and make the most of the sun, sea and sand over the summer. Whilst going abroad may still be a way off, staycations will be largely popular in 2021 with many opting to invest in a caravan for the family to take your holiday with you wherever you go!

Dreaming of getting away? What car is best to tow a caravan? With AVC!

Whether you’ve already got a caravan or are looking to purchase one, you will need to think about your vehicle and whether it can tow it; and if it can’t, purchasing one that can.

So first of all, how do you work out if your car can tow a caravan? To calculate this, you only need to know two key figures: the kerb weight of the car and the maximum mass of the caravan (called ‘maximum technically permissible laden mass’, or MTPLM). If the mass of the caravan is 85% or less of the car’s kerb weight, the car will tow it with ease.

Once you’ve worked that out, you can then decide which car type would suit your requirements. In general SUVs, saloons, estates and even pick-up trucks are the ones that are favoured by the masses. This is largely because of their high-speed stability, strong, powerful engines, and sizeable kerb weight. So, here’s our list of a vehicles that would be suitable to tow:

Kia Sorento – The original Sorento was immensely popular with caravanners, but today’s model is an altogether more accomplished car. The 2.2-litre diesel has plenty of pulling power, and the car’s size and weight make it a good match for large caravans and heavy trailers.

Land Rover Discovery – One of the most popular car manufacturers when it comes to choosing a suitable tow car is a Land Rover. Their large size, high kerb weight and powerful, torquey engines makes them the ideal companion for caravans of all shapes and sizes.

Volvo XC60 – Comfort is also excellent with great body control and ride quality, making this an ideal SUV for towing a caravan along the motorway. Towing weights vary depending on the engine size, but the 2.0-litre features all-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 2,400kg.

Ford Mondeo Estate – The Mondeo offers a smaller towing weight class, but also offers far more space inside, is better to drive, has a good ride and offers plenty of performance from its powerful 200hp diesel.

Peugeot 3008 – a classy, great-value SUV with an upmarket interior and lots of standard features. As a towing vehicle its credentials are more than solid, with economical 1.6-litre diesels able to tow up to 1,500kg and more powerful 2.0-litre diesels managing up to 2,000kg.

Nissan Navara – Pick-ups are becoming less rough and ready to drive, and the Nissan NP300 Navara is one of the best; they were designed from the ground up to tow big, heavy loads and don’t think that because it’s a truck there’s no creature comforts inside – there’s plenty, especially on higher spec versions.

 

Additional things to consider when towing a caravan:

  • As a driver, in most cases you can tow a caravan or trailer without needing to update your licence. However, if you are a younger driver or over 70 years of age, you need to check exactly what your licence allows you to tow.
  • You must equip towing mirrors if your caravan is wider than the rear of your car. Failing to use suitable towing mirrors can result in 3 penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000.
  • If your caravan weights over 750kg when loaded, it must have a working brake system to comply with the law.

 

If you’d like more information on vehicles that are good to tow, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team!